Publisher Deep Silver and developer Southend Interactive (those talented bods behind the Windows hit ilomilo) have today announced Sacred Citadel, a side-scrolling, co-op friendly PSN brawler for Playstation 3 which takes place against the Sacred RPG setting that Deep Silver are renowned for being involved with.
Like any scrolling smasher worth its salt/sugar/blood, Sacred Citadel gives you a variety of different characters with which to laterally move through a number of levels, hacking, slashing, shooting and generally being a massive and quite fatal jerk to anyone in your path.
There are of course the obligatory vehicles, special powers and boss characters (with one, as shown in the trailer, bearing more than a passing resemblance to a certain Colossi).
For fans of the Sacred RPG series, you’ll be pleased to know that the game feeds directly into the lore for the forthcoming Sacred 3, a fact that should hopefully pique your interest in this fun looking scrolling scrapper.
Trailer duties have been fulfilled after the break ladies and gents.
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Do you like stabbing colourful and exotic beasties in the face with all-manner of hand-crafted implements of violence? Do you like warding off their blows with some custom-made armour? How about exploring the wilderness and speaking to maddening cat-people? Do you like that too?
If so and assuming you own a Wii U of course, Capcom pretty much have you covered as they’ve just confirmed that Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate launches in North America on March 19th, with a European debut following three days later on March 22nd.
Before that though, you can dabble your feet in the open-world beastie slaughter by grabbing yourself a download of the demo which is scheduled to manifest itself on February 21st.
To celebrate the announcement Capcom have released a trailer which, you guessed it, will be stroking your eyeballs after the break.
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According to a Lucasarts spokeswoman the German Playstation Facebook entry regarding Star Wars 1313 is “inaccurate” and went on to say “We have not confirmed any platforms yet for 1313 and do not have any announcements to make at this time.”
Star Wars 1313 was originally thought to be one of the fruits of Eden (Ubisoft‘s insanely beautiful Watch Dog being another) that would tempt us to bankrupt ourselves in the pursuit of buying one of those next-generation consoles that would hit the market in the next twelve months or so.
If an update on the official Playstation German Facebook page is to believed however and extremely beautiful, but potentially quite shallow Star Wars themed shooters are your thing, then you might be relieved to hear that Star Wars 1313 is reported to launch later this year on the good ol’ Playstation 3.
It was initially thought that the maturely themed bounty-hunter Star Wars spin-off would be a sure-fire lock for next-generation hardware when the initial footage of the game showed a title with visuals seemingly unachievable on this generation of hardware. It also didn’t help that they were being overly coy buggers and not listing the destination platforms at the end of the footage either.
Later on, the whole situation got deflated a little bit when Epic Games confirmed that in fact Star Was 1313 was running off a tweaked version of the current and widely used Unreal Engine 3 (and not the next-gen primed Unreal Engine 4).
This of course, brought the realisation crashing home that in all likelihood, the footage shown was being rendered on some PC rig somewhere with the sort of specification that makes the game look better than it ever would look on the current-gen lumps of plastic and misery squatting underneath our TV’s.
Lucasarts though for their part, have still yet to announce the platforms that the game will release on (I personally believe it will be a cross-generational title), so the mystery continues I guess.
If a listing on Amazon is to be believed, the long-awaited version of cult horror adventure Deadly Premonition for the PS3, dubbed Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut, is going to the beneficiary of a load of improvements over the 360 release which popped up a few of years back.
Previously, we reported that the game would be the recipient of new content and a new lick of paint, but the Amazon listing goes a step further saying that not only will players get a brand new item; a camera which allows you to take snaps of wherever you go, but also that the game itself will have a “a complete graphical overhaul”, instead of the subtle HD tweaking that was implied by the original blog post in our original article.
It’ll be interesting to see who has been communicating out of their rectum here.
While the game hasn’t even been dated yet, it also appears that Amazon may have let the proverbial feline out of the bag on that one too, with the site indicating that the PS3 exclusive edition of the game will see a release on April 30th for $39.99.
Yes indeed, folks! The PSP still isn’t dead yet as Aksys announced that Hakuoki: Warriors of the Shinsengumi will be releasing next month on February 19th. Not only is it releasing, but it’s getting an actual retail UMD release as well. Remember UMDs? That mini-CD looking thing with the goofy plastic shell? Yeah. THAT thing.
All said, the game looks pretty cool! The first Hakuoki game, Demon of the Fleeting Blossom, was more of a visual novel and less of a game, but this is a straight up action hack-and-slash where you play through the events of the first game, but also features a second mode where you can alter the story of the first title. For more info on the game itself, hit up the game’s official site.
All launch retail copies of the game will come with a 16 page Character Guide featuring artwork of each of the playable characters. On top of that, if you preorder the game through Amazon, you can score yourself an exclusive bandana featuring all eight playable characters from the game! Hit the jump for a look at the bandana to decide if Hakuoki: Warriors of the Shinsengumi will be worth your $30 come February 19th!
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This was always going to happen really wasn’t it? I’m not even going to feign surprise here.
After their $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype in 2011, you would be forgiven for thinking that Microsoft had bigger plans for it than merely allowing dogs to talk to each other via Skype’s voice client (we have that video for you after the break).
And so, as somebody with half a brain might reasonably infer, not only is that cornerstone of our teenage years in MSN Messenger being replaced by Skype, but apparently so will Xbox Live Chat be as well.
This is all according to gaming website CVG who has been informed by someone “familiar with the matter” that Microsoft would be “consolidating all their communications tech” around Skype; likely pointing to a full-on integration of the platform in Microsoft’s next-generation console offering as the default and primary chat service allowing for asynchronous voice and video messaging.
The CVG report is ably backed up by the fact that recently, the Redmond based software giant stuck up a job advert seeking individuals who could be willing to work with the company’s new direction of being “focused on enabling amazing new in-game and in-console voice and video experiences for the next generation of Xbox“.
So yeah, expect Skype in your next Xbox console. Probably.
And no, we haven’t forgotten; canine communication is a big thing you know. Check it out after the break.
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Well, this is one sure-fire reason to glue your eyes to the 2013 Games Developer Conference.
Bungie and Activision have confirmed that their new multi-format, console-generation spanning IP, Destiny, will be the hot topic of a developer session at the San Francisco conference.
Currently monikered a “Brave New World: New Bungie IP,” the discussion is thought to center around the setting in which the new franchise will take place in and more specifically, how that setting will be ”a place where the next ten years of great Bungie adventures will unfold.”
To their credit, publisher Activision and developers Bungie have done a good job of keeping Destiny close to their chest, since outside of the sparse leaks late last year, very little else is known about the title.
Hopefully, their talk at GDC 2013, will allow us to be properly excited for the game instead of being cautiously excited for it.
The exact date and time for the panel is still to be announced though, so watch this space for further details on that.
The 2013 Game Developers Conference runs from March 25th until March 29th.
Just dropping a quick reminder that PSN will be down for maintenance for 12 hours today (January 17th) from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. pacific time. The store won’t work at all, but you should be able to play any games or apps if you do a quick sign in before the maintenance happens.
Army of Two, what a decisive franchise. I got into the series with The 40th Day and found it to be one of the absolute best and most fun pure action shooters of the entire generation so far. Going back and playing the first game left me with a bad taste in my mouth wondering how the hell it ever even GOT a second release.
That said, I was kind of on the fence about Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel. The developers have expressed interest in taking out a lot of the bro-fun antics and making it grittier, you know, like EVERY other shooter on the market. The lack of series stars Salem and Rios was another knock in my eyes. The newest trailer, however, still drops a few fun one-liners that made me chuckle and shows the two new guys might just make this a worthwhile outing.
The new trailer is dubbed “Overkill” and it certainly follows through on that. Explosions, guns, big dudes coming after you. This looks like it just might live up to The 40th Day after all! Get a full look at the trailer after the jump and make sure you get your preorder in for Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel Overkill Edition for the obligatory bonus DLC in preparation for the March 26th release date on Xbox 360 and PS3!
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If you woke up this morning and thought to yourself “Gee, i’d just love to volley some mentally disturbed avians at some sickly, green skinned pigs in a tropical climate”, than Rovio has you covered with the sweet little bit of news that the full version of Angry Birds Rio is completely and utterly free for today.
Grab it from your local App Store today!